January 2018

January 2018 {living outside the stacks} follow on Instagram @DaenelT

I know I complained about January being the longest year ever. That still stands. But let me tell you, there were some fabulous moments in January too.

My son came to visit from Missouri, and, y’all, my momma heart was so full. One of these days, I’d love to have all five of my kids, grandkids, and grandfurs in one place. Until then, I’ll take the visits when I can get them.

My girls came in from school to celebrate the youngest one’s birthday. Our family has a tradition – cupcakes for birthdays. I have an issue with birthday cakes {candles, blowing, and spit}.

I attended my first handgun training class with Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction. saw an interview with Tig a few years ago and told The Hubs that I wanted to attend her course when/if it came to our area. So when I saw a class date listed, I immediately signed up. Y’all, this was one the most empowering thing I’ve done in a long time. I plan to write a full review of the training session in the near future. Remember, I said I was going to be brave this year? This was definitely one of those times.

I made a cheesecake from a box. From. A. Box. I saw it at Dollar General and thought why not? File that under another one of those “be brave” things. It was incredibly delicious. Even The Hubs was impressed and he’s not really a cheesecake kinda guy. It’s Jell-O No Bake Cheesecake, in case you’re wondering.

Anyway, if you’d like to see more of my day to day, feel free to follow me on Instagram.

How was your January?

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

  • Kellyann

    Hey, there ain’t nothing wrong with the Jell-o No Bake Cheesecake – it is good an so much easier than one from scratch!! Delish! You know, you bring up a good point about spit and stuff with the birthday cake – I feel the same kinda way at buffets and when people leave food out at work. All the germs!!! Birthday cakes may now be ruined for me, just so ya know, lol!!!
    I’m glad your son came home. I’m having a hard time with one away at college and the other graduating high school this year and then heading out. I’m not ready to face the fact that they will never live here again (according to my husband – ha!). Oh well, it’s what is supposed to happen I guess but I always feel like a little somethin’ is missing when we’re not all together!

    • LOL My kids said that I ruined birthday parties and everything for them growing up — they had to explain why they couldn’t eat the cake and then their friends would get grossed out and not want to eat the cake either. I had no clue until recently that they’d shared my crazy with people outside of the family. LOL

      I think your husband talked to my husband — he said the same thing. He also used to whisper “Get out” randomly during their senior year of high school. You do adjust, it’s just a different kind of living. And when they come back, it’s kinda disruptive, but nice. I still get weepy when they leave.

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